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Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman to honor his deceased grandfather’s wishes

By Mason White 5:55 PM March 11, 2013
Sanele Masilela, 8, marries Helen Shabangu, 61 

By: John Roberts
A young boy from Tshwane, South Africa, married a 61-year-old woman to honor the wishes of his deceased grandfather.

Before he passed away, the grandfather asked Sanele Masilela, to get married, according to reports.

The 8-years-old boy did not want to wait until he grows up to fulfil his grandfather’s wishes so he decided to get married right away and his 46-year-old mother agreed.

Strangely, Sanele Masilela chose to marry 61-year-old Helen Shabangu, who is a married woman and a mother of five children between the ages of 27 and 37. Shabangu agreed to marry the young boy.

The couple is more like a grandmother-grandson pair. They exchange rings in Tshwane, South Africa, and they even shared a kiss in front of 100 friends and family members.

The boy’s family reportedly spend about $2,000 for the whole wedding including a white gown for the bride and a silver suit for the groom who is in second grade.

The wedding was held as if it was the real deal, but they couple did not sign the marriage license and will not live together.

Shabangu’s husband of 30 years, Alfred, who is 65-year-old, said: “My kids and I are happy. We didn’t have a problem with it but some of the community members were shocked.”

In an interview, the boy said: “I’m happy that I married Helen. When I grow up I will marry a woman my age,” he said.

His mother believes that by doing this they have honored and made their ancestors happy. “If we hadn’t, something bad would have happened in the family,” the mother told the news media.

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